Foundations of Lactation 101


This is an introductory (yet in depth), 6-hour lactation management course for professionals that support new families. Including, but not limited to: Doulas, Midwives, Childbirth Educators and Social Service workers. Participants will meet a number of learning outcomes covering the following:

This class meets DONA International Breastfeeding requirement for Birth and Postpartum Doula certification

  • The benefits of breastfeeding for parent, baby and society
  • The anatomy and physiology of human milk production and baby’s ability to latch
  • The drawbacks of formula, and how to use formula as safely as possible when necessary
  • The key components of the first feed
  • How to help achieve a good latch
  • What a good latch looks like
  • Common obstacles to feeding in the first week
  • Solutions to common problems in the first week
  • The progression of milk from colostrum to mature milk
  • Answering common feeding questions such as: *How long till my baby sleeps through the night? *Do I have to nurse at night? * When can I introduce the bottle? *When can my partner help? *What is a growth spurt? *When should I start pumping?
  • Use of active listening skills to identify lactation problems
  • Contraindications to breastfeeding
  • Possible obstacles to breastfeeding
  • Proper pumping and storage of human milk
  • And, most importantly, knowing when to refer to a lactation professional, and what different experience levels of lactation specialists are availableUpcoming Workshops


Fall 2017 Workshop

Instructor: Krystal Key, IBCLC of Portland Doula Love
When: September 11th, 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: $100.00
Location: 5433 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR
Register Here

The Doula Love Refund Policy: A full refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee will be given upon request at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of class. If request for refund is made after the 2 week deadline no refund will be issued, at that time. Student may transfer fee to future class if available.



What people are saying about this course!

“Wendy is very knowledgeable and passionate about her work and is excited to share what she knows! I learned a lot of useful information that is practical and relevant!”

“Thank you so much. You gave me exactly what I needed to feel more confident in being the one my laboring moms turn to first after the baby is born.”

“I learned many things from this class that will help me become a better nurse and doula. You did a great job.”

“Thank you especially for taking into consideration doulas who are not moms. Its oftentimes intimidating as a doula to be around doulas who are mothers and you helped those of us without kids not feel ostracized.”

“Excellent, very interactive and informative.”

“You did a great job! I love the Power Point and baby/boob demo.”

“You were awesome! You have a ton of info in your head and you did a great job of getting it out.”

“Wendy taught very effectively and confidently. The information was organized and up to date. She allowed ample time for questions.”

“I felt this class was wonderfully informative. I know there is always going to be more to learn on this topic, but I know I can have confidence to share with my clients.”